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1 NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION of A MERICA NRA MEMBER PLANNED GIVING GUIDE Creating a Constitutionally Centered Will

2 Wayne LaPierre Executive Vice President National Rifle Association Dear Fellow NRA Member, Thank you for your leadership in the fight for freedom and thank you for your interest in supporting NRA by creating a constitutionallycentered will. This guide is an easy-to-follow reference tool that not only walks you through the steps to create a constitutionally-centered will, but also outlines other giving strategies that will help meet your charitable giving and financial goals. Everything you need to get started is at your fingertips, from the program descriptions of NRA endowments to sample bequest language and tax identification numbers. This guide is your roadmap to making an informed and impactful decision. Thank you again for your steadfast friendship and your commitment to freedom. Sincerely, How to Include the NRA in Your Estate Plans Each individual or family situation is unique, and this extends into planning gifts to the National Rifle Association and your other charitable interests. With attention to detail and a thorough review of your financial situation, NRA s Planned Giving team can assist you in identifying the gift vehicle that will complement your unique situation. Bequests One of the most popular ways to give, a bequest can be made through gifts of cash, securities, personal property, firearms or real estate. Life Income Gifts These gifts provide you lifetime income while also allowing you to support charitable programs. Life income gifts available through The NRA Foundation include charitable gift annuities that feature generous payments for life, and charitable remainder trusts that provide fixed or variable payments you determine. In addition to cash and securities, these gifts can be funded with real estate or firearms. Retirement Accounts Properly designated charitable gifts of retirement accounts bypass probate, avoid taxation, and reduce the size of your taxable estate. Life Insurance Policies A convenient way to support NRA programs and multiply your ability to give today, a life insurance gift simply allows you to designate the NRA or one of its affiliates as the beneficiary of your policy. Gifts of life insurance are taxdeductible when an NRA 501(c)(3) charity is the irrevocable owner and beneficiary of the policy. Charitable Lead Trusts A charitable lead trust allows you to care for your family while also supporting your favorite causes. Everyone has unique philanthropic goals. As a result, there are many different factors to consider when choosing your personal gift options. The NRA Planned Giving team is pleased to offer complimentary, noobligation consultations on the numerous ways that you can meet your personal estate and financial planning goals while ensuring our legacy of freedom. National Rifle Association Office of Advancement Planned Giving Department Waples Mill Road Fairfax, Virginia (877) NRA-GIVE ( ) Please call (877) NRA-GIVE ( ) or visit 1

3 Suggested Bequest Language Use these two pages as a reference point when you write or update your will, trust, or other estate plans. After reading and completing the first three steps, you will be prepared to meet with an attorney and leave a gift to the NRA. Step 1: Choose a Beneficiary Choose from the organizations below to determine a beneficiary. The 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) status can affect the distribution of your assets in relation to estate and inheritance tax. Contact the NRA Office of Advancement s Gift Planning Department for more information. Be sure to use the full name listed below in all legal documentation. The Non-Charitable 501(c)(4) Association: National Rifle Association of America NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action)* *NRA-ILA is a division of NRA, not a separate organization. However, you can list it as a beneficiary. The NRA Foundation, Inc. Endowments Competitive Shooting and National Championships Endowment Disabled Shooting Services Endowment Firearms and Marksmanship Training Endowment Gun Collecting Endowment Gun Collectors Leadership Endowment Gunsmith Training Endowment Handloading Education Endowment Hunters Leadership Fund Endowment Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Endowment Law Enforcement Training Endowment National Firearms Museum Endowment NRA Voice of Freedom Fund Endowment Range Facilities and Programs Endowment Scholarships Endowment The NRA Foundation General Endowment Women s Leadership Forum Endowment Women s Programs Endowment Youth Education Endowment Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) Charities: The NRA Foundation, Inc. NRA Special Contribution Fund (NRA Whittington Center) NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund NRA Freedom Action Foundation Step 2: Choose an Endowment (optional) Endowments are set up to ensure that your investment in freedom is maximized because your gift, otherwise known as the principal, is never spent. Instead, it is professionally invested and a portion of the earnings are spent each year. Listed below are many different endowments, created for the organizations listed above in step 1. In addition, donors can create a named endowment for gifts over $100,000. Named endowments are sub-classified under our existing endowment categories. National Rifle Association Endowments Hunters Leadership Fund Endowment (NRA) Hunters Leadership Fund Endowment (NRA-ILA) National Endowment for the Protection of the Second Amendment (NRA-ILA) NRA Competitive Shooting and National Championships Endowment NRA General Endowment NRA Law Enforcement Endowment NRA Marksmanship Training Endowment NRA Voice of Freedom Endowment NRA YHEC Endowment NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Endowment NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Endowment NRA Special Contribution Fund Endowments NRA Whittington Center General Endowment Youth Programs Endowment Step 3: Determine Your Type of Gift The following is suggested language for your advisors to integrate into your will, trust, or other beneficiary designation. The type of gift you would like to make will determine the correct paragraph to choose. For instance, if you know you want to leave a specific amount, choose suggestion a for a specific bequest and fill in the blanks. If you want to leave a percentage of your entire estate, choose suggestion b for a residuary bequest and fill in the blanks. Suggestion c is for non-monetary gifts and you may use it for firearms or other personal property. Use the beneficiary and endowment you chose in steps 1 and 2 to fill in the blanks below. a) Specific Bequest* I give, devise and bequeath to the [fill in the beneficiary from step 1], Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, the sum of $ (or here otherwise describe the gift) for its [name the endowment from step 2 or put: general purposes as shall be determined by its Board]. b) Residuary Bequest* All [or state a %] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my property, both real and personal and wheresoever situated, I give, devise and bequeath to the [fill in the beneficiary from step 1], Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, for its [name the endowment from step 2 or put: general purposes as shall be determined by its Board]. c) Gift of Firearms or Other Personal Property* I give, devise and bequeath to [fill in the beneficiary from step 1], Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, [here describe the gift, for example: coins, property, and/or firearms] for its [name the endowment from step 2 or put: general purposes as shall be determined by its Board]. Step 4: Schedule an Appointment to have Your Will, Trust or Other Plans Updated Your legal professional may have other preferred text. The suggestions above should be used only as a guide.* In addition, NRA is pleased to offer a noobligation consultation detailing these opportunities. Please call the NRA Office of Advancement s Planned Giving Department at (877) NRA-GIVE ( ) for more information. Step 5: Notify the NRA NRA staff will welcome you into Ring of Freedom Heritage Society and thank you for taking this important step. As part of notifying NRA, we encourage you to provide us with a copy of your gift. Donors who choose to provide NRA with a copy of their gift are awarded Ambassador Membership in the Heritage Society and receive a special gift and invitations to members only events. The privacy and anonymity of our donors is of paramount importance. If you wish for your gift to remain anonymous, please be sure to let us know. * It is strongly urged that you consult with an attorney in your state of residence to ensure that your ultimate wishes and charitable goals will be realized. 2 3

4 NRA Firearms For Freedom The NRA frequently receives inquiries about how members can donate a collection of firearms. Common questions include: How can I give the NRA my firearms? Which NRA programs can benefit? What does the NRA do with them? Will my firearms be displayed in the National Firearms Museum? NRA Firearms For Freedom is a unique program that supports the liberties that built this country through gifts of firearms. Your firearms could be part of your long-term strategic financial plan, or may be auctioned, with proceeds benefiting the NRA program of your choice. World-class auction houses specializing in firearms handle each auction, ensuring all transfers of firearms are handled professionally and with the care and attention they deserve. Some firearms may be suitable for the National Firearms Museums which may qualify as a charitable gift for tax purposes. The Museums have vast collections and as a result are not able to display all firearms left through NRA supporter s estate plans. However, prior to auction all firearms are reviewed for possible inclusion in the Museum s displays or reference collection. If you believe you have a unique firearm that you would like staff to evaluate, contact the NRA Office of Advancement at (877) NRA-GIVE ( ), or visit Testamentary Charitable Gift Annuity: Charitable gift annuities offer an opportunity to provide income for your loved ones. Collectibles and valuables, such as firearms, can be used to fund an annuity to care for your spouse, child, or other loved one after your death. Why the NRA? Since its founding in 1871, the National Rifle Association of America has been on the forefront in gun safety education and protecting our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Safeguarding Freedom is accomplished through more than 170 programs, strategically designed to carry out the mission of the NRA. The NRA s primary purpose is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, particularly the political, civil, and inalienable rights of the American people to keep and bear arms. It is the generous support of modern day patriots that ensures the future growth of these programs and strengthens our heritage, values and freedom for generations to come. In 1975, recognizing the critical need for political defense of the Second Amendment, NRA formed the Institute for Legislative Action, or ILA. NRA-ILA is at the nation s forefront of legislative activism and employs a team of full-time lobbyists whose mission is to defend Second Amendment issues on Capitol Hill, in state legislatures and in local government bodies. Depending upon your preference, your gift may go to one or more of your favorite NRA programs or one of its divisions, to an NRA-related endowment, or directly to NRA for use where there is the greatest need. National Rifle Association of America Federal Tax ID # (c)(4) association The NRA Office of Advancement Firearms For Freedom program can assist you with language to add a testamentary charitable gift annuity to your will or trust. Furthermore, after your passing, the NRA s staff will identify an avenue to sell the valuables, assist your executor and/or loved ones in packing and shipping the items, and provide accounting after the auction. Contact the NRA Office of Advancement at (877) NRA-GIVE or to discuss if this gift is right for you. 4 5

5 Tax-Deductible Support If tax planning is an important component of your financial and estate plans, consider one of NRA s charitable affiliates. These organizations are classified as 501(c)(3) charities, which means that when you donate cash you will receive a charitable donation receipt and are eligible to take a tax deduction to the fullest extent allowable by law. The added benefit of these organizations tax-status means that when you leave a planned gift to them, your estate may experience a decrease in estate taxes. The NRA Foundation, Inc. Federal Tax ID # For more than two decades, The NRA Foundation has served the needs of freedom-loving Americans across our great nation. The Foundation teaches freedom through programs that instill knowledge about the Second Amendment and our nation s great history. Since establishment in 1990, 35,000 grants in support of the shooting sports have been funded through The NRA Foundation. These grants provide essential funding that benefits programs such as youth education, hunter education, firearms and marksmanship training and safety and much more. NRA Special Contribution Fund (NRA Whittington Center) Federal Tax ID # The NRA Special Contribution Fund is also known as the NRA Whittington Center. Founded in 1973, it was established to expand educational and recreational shooting activities. Located in Raton, New Mexico, its more than 33,000 acres have developed into the most comprehensive shooting facility in America today. Additionally, the NRA Whittington Center operates the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest, which showcases firearms and events that have shaped the region. NRA Freedom Action Foundation Federal Tax ID # The NRA Freedom Action Foundation is focused on non-partisan voter registration and voter education activities. An essential pillar of preserving our Second Amendment Freedom, voter registration and education is fundamental to protecting our uniquely American heritage. NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Federal Tax ID # The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund was established in 1978 to provide legal and financial assistance to selected individuals and organizations defending their Second Amendment rights. Funded solely through contributions, the Fund sponsors legal research and education on a wide variety of firearms related issues, including the meaning of the Second Amendment and nature of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms provisions in state constitutions. Every contribution helps defend our Constitutional rights. It s all about Freedom! 6 7

6 Inform the NRA of Your Estate Plans Once you have decided to support the NRA through a planned gift, please notify the NRA s Office of Advancement of your intentions. As a thank you, you will be welcomed into the NRA Ring of Freedom Heritage Society. NRA Ring of Freedom Heritage Society Members receive a distinctive thank you gift in recognition of their planned gift commitment and are invited to attend special regional and national events. Ambassador Members are those Heritage Society Members who have chosen to strengthen their commitment to the National Rifle Association by providing documentation of their planned gifts to the NRA Office of Advancement. In exchange, Ambassador Members receive special gifts, such as the print shown here. Benefits of Letting NRA Know About Your Gift: Ensures that your planned gift reflects your values, interests, and wishes Ensures that your planned gift is directed to an appropriate existing program Ensures that the language describing your planned gift is accurate and clear Ensures that after thoughtful tax planning your planned gift is properly directed to the organization of your choice Ensures that there is a confidential record of your planned gift 8

7 NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION of A MERICA National Rifle Association Office of Advancement Planned Giving Department Waples Mill Road Fairfax, Virginia (877) NRA-GIVE ( )

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